These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Missouri


We analyzed over 118 places in Missouri to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Missouri.

But where exactly in Missouri? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Missouri that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in St. Ann don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Show Me State to retire:

  1. St. Ann
  2. Shrewsbury
  3. Florissant
  4. St. John
  5. Glendale
  6. Battlefield
  7. Berkeley
  8. Webster Groves
  9. Carl Junction
  10. Nixa

Why did St. Ann take the top spot? And where are St. Louis and Springfield? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Show Me State

To create our list of the best places in Missouri to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Show Me State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 118 places from across the state.

For these 118, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 118, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case St. Ann, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. St. Ann

St. Ann, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,988
Cost Of Living: 79
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,117
St. Ann ranked 1 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 37 place safety rank.

2. Shrewsbury


Population 2014: 6,217
Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,238
Shrewsbury ranked 2 overall thanks to its 89 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.

3. Florissant

Florissant, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,353
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,929
Florissant ranked 3 overall thanks to its 9 place rank for cost of living and 31 place safety rank.

4. St. John

St. John, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,486
Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,731
St. John ranked 4 overall thanks to its 3 place rank for cost of living and 72 place safety rank.

5. Glendale

Glendale, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,926
Cost Of Living: 121
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 877
Glendale ranked 5 overall thanks to its 110 place rank for cost of living and 4 place safety rank.

6. Battlefield


Population 2014: 5,759
Cost Of Living: 88
Distance to Closest Airport: 153 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,649
Battlefield ranked 6 overall thanks to its 56 place rank for cost of living and 19 place safety rank.

7. Berkeley

Berkeley, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,120
Cost Of Living: 76
Distance to Closest Airport: 1 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,581
Berkeley ranked 7 overall thanks to its 1 place rank for cost of living and 98 place safety rank.

8. Webster Groves

Webster Groves, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,084
Cost Of Living: 107
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,178
Webster Groves ranked 8 overall thanks to its 107 place rank for cost of living and 9 place safety rank.

9. Carl Junction


Population 2014: 7,511
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 100 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,890
Carl Junction ranked 9 overall thanks to its 50 place rank for cost of living and 29 place safety rank.

10. Nixa

Nixa, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,821
Cost Of Living: 90
Distance to Closest Airport: 155 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,725
Nixa ranked 10 overall thanks to its 67 place rank for cost of living and 23 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Missouri goes to St. Ann.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Warrenton
  • Branson
  • Parkville

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Missouri

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
St. Ann 1 12,988 79 1 2,117
Shrewsbury 2 6,217 96 11 1,238
Florissant 3 52,353 80 4 1,929
St. John 4 6,486 77 2 3,731
Glendale 5 5,926 121 10 877
Battlefield 6 5,759 88 153 1,649
Berkeley 7 9,120 76 1 5,581
Webster Groves 8 23,084 107 11 1,178
Carl Junction 9 7,511 87 100 1,890
Nixa 10 19,821 90 155 1,725
Ballwin 11 30,478 107 14 715
St. Louis 12 318,727 84 10 7,927
Gladstone 13 26,032 91 10 3,111
Overland 14 16,043 79 3 4,095
Manchester 15 18,125 103 13 1,638
Bonne Terre 16 7,025 83 57 526
Crestwood 17 11,934 96 13 1,944
Ferguson 18 21,151 77 3 5,399
St. Peters 19 54,236 95 12 2,225
O’Fallon 20 81,978 100 18 1,389
Kirkwood 21 27,587 107 12 1,888
Moberly 22 13,898 81 120 3,108
Ellisville 23 9,162 105 16 993
Carthage 24 14,281 81 108 4,012
Bellefontaine Neighbors 25 10,823 76 7 3,280
Savannah 26 5,101 87 44 999
Kirksville 27 17,578 84 108 3,305
Hazelwood 28 25,671 81 3 3,502
Raytown 29 29,520 85 24 4,610
Bowling Green 30 5,452 83 60 2,311
Grain Valley 31 13,037 95 33 1,664
Maryville 32 12,018 88 72 1,597
Republic 33 15,222 85 152 2,305
Chesterfield 34 47,651 125 12 1,603
Jennings 35 14,730 80 5 6,415
Boonville 36 8,320 85 107 3,954
Cameron 37 10,008 89 40 1,858
Willard 38 5,395 86 155 1,705
Macon 39 5,476 83 123 2,794
Columbia 40 113,155 95 106 3,886
Marshfield 41 6,789 82 166 5,170
Ozark 42 18,369 90 158 3,288
Blue Springs 43 53,053 94 30 2,744
Smithville 44 8,791 97 10 1,046
Springfield 45 162,333 84 159 8,993
Greenwood 46 5,322 95 37 770
Aurora 47 7,475 82 131 7,250
Lake St. Louis 48 14,759 104 22 2,141
Grandview 49 24,860 87 30 3,765
Festus 50 11,740 92 36 2,589
Bolivar 51 10,443 84 136 5,553
Wentzville 52 31,591 100 27 1,718
Caruthersville 53 6,086 81 21 5,323
Nevada 54 8,318 79 102 7,585
Monett 55 8,935 87 119 3,973
Clayton 56 15,912 157 7 1,753
Arnold 57 21,020 92 22 3,872
Pevely 58 5,566 89 31 2,173
Kennett 59 11,002 84 19 9,652
Chillicothe 60 8,528 83 70 2,345
St. Joseph 61 77,040 85 32 6,029
Charleston 62 5,905 78 73 3,403
Des Peres 63 8,443 131 11 4,299
Marshall 64 13,059 82 81 2,825
Dexter 65 7,902 82 57 3,416
Oak Grove 66 7,747 90 37 2,258
Lebanon 67 14,595 85 144 4,700
Troy 68 11,015 93 35 2,787
Liberty 69 29,806 96 16 2,059
Pacific 70 6,047 88 27 2,993
Excelsior Springs 71 11,391 86 25 3,766
St. Charles 72 66,900 94 8 2,726
Lee’S Summit 73 92,813 106 31 2,024
Belton 74 23,197 92 34 3,578
Maryland Heights 75 27,420 91 5 2,067
Independence 76 117,160 88 24 6,024
Olivette 77 7,809 110 5 2,420
Kearney 78 8,845 99 19 1,390
Trenton 79 6,058 81 80 2,228
Creve Coeur 80 17,841 129 7 1,451
Warrensburg 81 19,548 92 64 3,540
Oak Grove 82 7,747 90 55 2,258
De Soto 83 6,449 88 43 4,357
Eureka 84 10,375 103 22 1,734
Park Hills 85 8,714 82 64 2,260
West Plains 86 12,176 86 119 6,225
Washington 87 13,982 95 37 3,468
Perryville 88 8,280 87 75 2,125
Pleasant Hill 89 8,173 101 41 1,333
Raymore 90 19,576 101 36 1,900
Farmington 91 17,213 89 66 4,839
Brentwood 92 8,048 96 9 3,802
Mexico 93 11,555 81 85 3,427
Maplewood 94 7,987 90 9 7,487
Sedalia 95 21,429 83 89 7,018
Rolla 96 19,808 87 93 4,538
Poplar Bluff 97 17,190 83 61 9,197
Sunset Hills 98 8,523 122 15 2,534
Jackson 99 14,221 97 99 1,835
Hannibal 100 17,779 83 86 5,169
Fulton 101 12,791 87 85 3,416
Harrisonville 102 10,019 91 48 3,503
Richmond Heights 103 8,526 104 8 5,723
Union 104 10,517 90 39 5,543
Joplin 105 50,900 83 97 8,269
Richmond 106 5,702 89 39 5,050
Sullivan 107 7,058 85 56 6,007
Ladue 108 8,549 197 7 1,462
Neosho 109 12,038 81 93 4,967
Bridgeton 110 11,654 88 3 7,782
Union 111 10,517 90 59 5,543
Cape Girardeau 112 38,665 90 95 5,221
Sikeston 113 16,642 84 66 7,799
Town And Country 114 10,890 176 9 1,101
Clinton 115 9,014 85 81 6,079
Parkville 116 5,811 130 5 1,979
Branson 117 10,942 99 149 11,597
Warrenton 118 7,974 91 41 6,245

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